Wahconah News - 5/27/20

Wahconah News - 5/27/20
Posted on 05/27/2020
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May 27, 2020

Hello Wahconah Families,

Welcome to the Wahconah Wednesday Message! Our goal is to give you up-to-date information about the impact of the statewide school closure on Wahconah. We hope you find the following information, reminders, and repeats to be helpful.

Class of 2020 Updates

Graduation Update – Our Senior Class voted in favor of a full socially distanced graduation ceremony on the football field in late July. We have been meeting with their class officers and advisors in an effort to gain their input as well as remain on the same page. We will also be holding a virtual class meeting for those Seniors who want to attend on Thursday 5/28 at 2pm so that we can keep lines of communication open.

State Guidance Regarding Graduations – In order to safely and responsibly hold this graduation ceremony, we are going to have to work within the guidelines the state of Massachusetts has put forth for all of us. The document below was shared with all of our Seniors today. It is worth discussing with your future graduate so that everyone has a shared understanding of how all of this will work. You can access the information that was shared with Seniors below.

State Graduation Guidelines.docx 

Chromebook Return and Distribution of Caps/Gowns – Please click on the two attachments below regarding very important information about Seniors returning Chromebooks (and other school property) as well as distribution of their Caps and Gowns on Monday, June 1st.

Chromebooks Caps Gowns Parent Info.docx 

Schedule for Senior Chromebook Return Cap-Gown Dist.docx 

Senior Yearbook Update – The following is from our Yearbook Advisor Mr. Pike…

As the close of May is fast approaching, I wanted to remind you that the last day to order yearbooks is Sunday, May 31. To date, only 63 seniors have ordered yearbooks for this historic time. Absolutely no orders will be accepted after this day. All orders are taken online and can be found at the following link: https://www.jostens.com/apps/store/productBrowse/1066094/Wahconah-Regional-High-School/2020-Yearbook/20190916041659553130/CATALOG_SHOP/

Two yearbook options:

  1. Ship to Wahconah for pickup ($99)
  2. Ship to home ($106)

If you have any questions please let me know. jpike@cbrsd.org

Class Dues – All members of the Senior class have been contacted by their class advisors about class dues. Seniors should check their school email for more information. Questions/concerns please contact spolo@cbrsd.org or tharrison@cbrsd.org

New Updates:

Important Updates from our Guidance Dept –

To all Seniors –

  • Still not too late to file FAFSA!  https://studentaid.gov/h/apply-for-aid/fafsa . If you need help, contact the financial aid office of any college - they are happy and best qualified to help you.
  • Still haven't committed to a college? Many have extended the decision date to June 1, AND will work with you if you need more time. You have to contact them and let them know!
  • Has your financial situation changed due to the pandemic? Contact your financial aid office! They will work with you!
  • Still haven't applied, or need to have more/different options? Contact your school guidance counselor TODAY so we can help you!
  • IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU STAY ENGAGED WITH REMOTE LEARNING! Your colleges WILL be asking what you are doing with this time, and they WILL ask for a final transcript! If your transcript reflects No Credit for the second half of the year, you increase the likelihood of your college asking you to take some time to prove that you are ready!

To All Juniors - Looking for help with all of your college exploration questions? Where do I start? What makes a good college application essay? and more! Give yourself a leg up on other students and check out this short video series!

Ask the (College) Experts

VHS Courses for Next Year - Any student who signed up for a VHS course in PowerSchool for next year needs to also sign up with Mrs. Markland as soon as you are able. Please send an email to Mrs. Markland kmarkland@cbrsd.org AND your guidance counselor. You can access the VHS course catalogue here: https://my.vhslearning.org/PublicStudentCourseList.aspx . Contact your counselor with your questions!

Information Previously Shared:

Athletic Information –

User Fees - Attention all spring student-athletes. If you paid a user fee for your spring sport please pay attention to the steps below.

  • 1)  If you'd like a refund please email our Athletic Director Jared Shannon at jshannon@cbrsd.org  and indicate your name (student name), spring sport, date of payment and method of payment. 
  • 2) If you'd like to apply the user fee to a sport next year please indicate your name (student name), sport to apply it to, date of payment and method of payment. 

Letters, pins and awards - More information will be sent out by Mr. Shannon during the next two weeks regarding the handling of athletic letters, pins and awards. 

Fall Sports Registration - More information will be sent out by Mr. Shannon regarding fall sports registration by June 1st. Fall sports registration via Family ID is not open at this time. 

If you have any questions related to athletics please do not hesitate to contact Mr. Shannon at jshannon@cbrsd.org

Family Survey - All CBRSD Families are being asked to fill out a survey pertaining to your remote learning experience as a Wahconah family. We ask that you please take a moment to give us your honest feedback. You may access the survey below. Thank you!

Wahconah Remote Learning Survey

Remote Learning Plan – All CBRSD schools have created remote learning plans that are intended to foster connection between students and their teachers as well as keep students engaged in meaningful learning opportunities until we are able to return to school.

If you click on the link below, you will be taken to the CBRSD website where you will be able to access the Remote Learning Plans for all schools in the district including Wahconah.

http://www.cbrsd.org/district_information/news/what_s_new/resources_for_learning_at_home

Remote Grading – Please click on the link below to access information about how the grading of remote learning will be handled.

INSERT REMOTE GRADING REQUIREMENTS

SAT Testing - The May SAT test has been cancelled and students will receive a refund. For more information from the College Board about SAT cancellation check out this link:  https://www.collegeboard.org/releases/2020/college-board-cancels-may-sat-response-coronavirus?excmpid=SM48-ED-CB-tw  

Transcripts – Any Senior in need of transcripts please contact your respective Guidance Counselor directly.

Virtual College Tours for Juniors - While college campuses are by and large not providing tours this spring, your Guidance Counselors found some websites with some great virtual / video tours. Check them out, and continue to work on narrowing down your choices. Also, keep in touch with your counselors!

https://www.youniversitytv.com/category/college/us-states/massachusetts/

https://www.youvisit.com/collegesearch/

https://www.campusreel.org/

Work/Study & Internship - All work/study and internship students have received an important email from Mrs. Shafiroff. Please be sure to read it and respond to her at sshafiroff@cbrsd.org  

Yearbook Information - The 2020 yearbook is still being published! Be sure to order your copy by Friday, May 29.

You can order your yearbook at the following link: https://sites.google.com/cbrsd.org/wahconahyearbook/home/order-yearbook

Parent/Guardian Ads: This year, more than any other, is a year to recognize how proud you are of your 2020 graduate. Parent/guardian ad information, and how to create them, can be found at: https://sites.google.com/cbrsd.org/wahconahyearbook/home/parent-guardian-ads

Do you have a business that would like to advertise in the yearbook? Be sure to place an advertisement that will never expire. More information at https://sites.google.com/cbrsd.org/wahconahyearbook/home/business-ads

All information can be found at www.wahconahyearbook.com. Questions/concerns can be directed to jpike@cbrsd.org

Two other important items:

  1. Please have your student check their school email every day just in case some new important information needs to be shared.
  2. I'm going to use Twitter to help communicate information to students and families as well. If you don't have a Twitter account, you might want to consider getting one just for this purpose. We will be using @AaronRobb5 and @wahconahrhs

We will continue to keep you updated as more information becomes available. If anyone has any questions or concerns regarding the evolving Coronavirus situation as they pertain to Wahconah, please contact me directly at arobb@cbrsd.org

Thank you,

Aaron Robb, Principal

VAPING RESOURCES

Due to the nationwide teenage vaping epidemic, we will continually provide helpful information and resources for parents in the space below.

Vaping by youth has become what the U.S. Surgeon General calls an epidemic and many people are working to find solutions.  New resources are available to educate youth and help those who want to quit vaping. Sadly, many youth are unaware of the facts about and the dangers of vaping.  To help, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health developed a campaign designed for youth found at mass.gov/vaping It provides facts and materials for young people that compare vapes and cigarettes:  both put nicotine and cancer-causing chemicals in their body and both are highly addictive and dangerous for young people.

Please make note of new free programs to help address the vaping epidemic. 

·       This is Quitting powered by truth® is a free and confidential texting program for young people who vape. Text “VapeFreeMass” to 88709.  In partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Public Health.

·       My Life, My Quit TM has youth coach specialists trained to help young people by phone or text. Young people can call or text "Start My Quit" to 855-891-9989 for free and confidential help. or sign up online at  mylifemyquit.com.

·       Visit teen.smokefree.gov for tools and tips.

·       Encourage young people to ask their school nurse or counselor, athletic coach, doctor, parent or other trusted adult for help.

·       For more information, young people can visit mass.gov/vaping.

·       More information for parents/adults is available at GetOutraged.org.

 

Talking with young people about vaping is essential—youth need to know that vaping is harmful and that help is available for those who want to quit.  Visit GetOutraged.org to learn more or contact Joyce Brewer at jbrewer@berkshireahec.org .

FOODSOURCE HOTLINE and LOCAL FOOD PANTRIES

If you or someone you know could benefit from this, please consider checking out the information in the attachment below. Project Bread’s FoodSource Hotline connects people struggling to put food on the table with benefits and other food resources in their communities. 

FoodSource Hotline flyer.pdf 

Also here is an updated list of local food pantries.

Food Pantries in Berkshire County Master.pdf 

THE LAST DAY OF SCHOOL IS NOW…June 18th!

Due to statewide school closure, the last day of school will now be June 18th.

NEED MORE INFO?

Always remember that you can find important and useful information pertaining to Wahconah by going to the following:

Thank you!

 

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